Final score

21 August 2016 20:45

ChievoVerona
36' (2nd half) Birsa
4' (2nd half) Birsa
2 - 0
Inter
referee Massimiliano Irrati / linesmen Manganelli, Pegorin / 4th man Gava / assistants Guida, Ghersin
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MinutesText commentary
45'Eder's strike deflects off the wall but there's no time for the corner. It's 0-0 at the half-time interval
44'Eder battling with Radovanonic on the right. The Nerazzurri are eventually awarded a free-kick 20 yards out
39'Chance for Chievo, Castro releases Meggiorini who charges into the box and shoots narrowly wide
33'Candreva tries his luck from distance but puts it the wrong side of Sorrentino's post
31'Birsa takes a free-kick from 20 yards for home side but can't get it past the wall
29'D'Ambrosio is booked for a foul on Hetemaj in midfield
25'The game has become bogged down in midfield with both sides struggling to create goalscoring chances
17'Chance! Banega swings the corner in and it falls to D'Ambrosio. His effort is blocked and then Sorrentino denies Ranocchia on the follow-up
16'Daisy-cutter from Eder! Icardi wins the ball back and it's played through to the Italy striker. Sorrentino gets his glove on the shot
11'Kondogbia opens up from the edge of the area and it's deflected behind for a corner
9'Medel spreads it wide to Candreva who controls and looks for Icardi in the box but it's too far for the skipper
4'Meggiorini ends up on the deck after a tackle from Ranocchia on the 18-yard line. No infringement says the ref
1'Mauro Icardi takes the kick-off and we're off!
1'The teams are out on the turf at the Bentegodi. The Nerazzurri kick off Serie A TIM 2016/17 away against Chievo Verona. Good luck guys!
MinutesText commentary
49'The Nerazzurri are back in action on Sunday 28 August when Palermo make the trip to the San Siro
48'Brozovic tries with his head but luck isn't on our side tonight. That's the final chance of the match as the ref calls time
45'There will be four minutes of injury time
45'Kondogbia beats a couple of men but mishits the shot from distance and it flies way over
42'Kondogbia booked for a foul on Rigoni. Handanovic gets a good hand to the following free kick and it's a Chievo corner
38'Nerazzurri with another effort, this time through Palacio. His header is guided to safety by Sorrentino
36'Birsa doubles Chievo's lead with a superb strike from outside the area
34'Brozovic is booked for dissent
32'Both Medel and Radovanovic are next in the ref's book
30'De Boer makes his final change, sending on Palacio in place of Eder. Meggiorini makes way for Pellissier for the home side as well
27'Meggiorini is shown a yellow for a wild challenge on D'Ambrosio
25'Brozovic comes on for Banega
21'Banega puts in a great free-kick from the right side of the box, Miranda nods it on Ranocchia can't reach for a tap-in
16'Chievo also shuffle their pack, cramp forces Castro off the pitch and Rigoni takes his place
16'Perisic is on for Candreva in De Boer's first sub of the game
14'Icardi runs onto a through-ball and attempts a first-time cross. He earns a corner, which Miranda then heads over
9'Birsa threatens again, his left-footed effort is blocked by Ranocchia
5'Good response from Inter: Sorrentino can't grab Nagatomo's cross and Candreva tries with a volley but it's cleared
4'Chievo score: Meggiorini at the heart of a Gialloblu counter finds Cacciatore to lays it off for Birsa to finish
1'No changes to either side as the second half begins
Ranocchia
2.84
2.84
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Nagatomo
3.45
3.45
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Palacio
4.44
4.44
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Handanovic
3.71
3.71
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Icardi
3.25
3.25
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D'Ambrosio
3.29
3.29
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Medel
3.64
3.64
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Brozovic
3.51
3.51
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Kondogbia
3.99
3.99
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Miranda
4.28
4.28
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Perisic
4.72
4.72
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Eder
3.71
3.71
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Banega
4.37
4.37
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Candreva
3.68
3.68
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Average rating3.78SEND RATINGS
4shots on target3
8shots off target10
15fouls committed13
8corners4
1offsides0
33%ball possession67%
wins(8)draws(3)defeats(4)

VERONA – Inter slipped to a 2-0 defeat away against Chievo Verona in the opening game of 2016/17, the club's 108th season in the Italian top flight. 

Coming up against one of Serie A's notoriously tricky opponents, the Nerazzurri couldn't hand new coach Frank de Boer victory on his league debut as Rolando Maran's Chievo took all the points thanks to a second-half brace from Valter Birsa.

De Boer opted to line his players up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mauro Icardi up top on his own; Eder, Ever Banega and Antonio Candreva behind him; Gary Medel and Geoffrey Kondogbia in the middle protecting a back four of Danilo D'Ambrosio, Joao Miranda, Andrea Ranocchia and Yuto Nagatomo.

There were alarm bells early on for Inter as Ranocchia lost the ball on the edge of his own area, forcing the Italian defender into a last-ditch tackle on Riccardo Meggiorini that the referee deemed just about legal.

The Nerazzurri's best chances in the first half came within the space of a few seconds of each other. In the 16th minute, Chievo Verona goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino showed sharp reflexes to get down to a low drive from Eder, turning it around his post. From the corner that followed, both Icardi and Ranocchia had bites at the cherry but neither could convert.

From a tactical point of view, De Boer's men were looking flexible with the defenders often shifting to three at the back, Nagatomo and Candreva coming into defensive midfield, Banega operating centrally with the other midfielders and Eder and Icardi working as a pair in attack.

The first half was an even contest as both sides struggled to exert any lasting dominance. That all changed shortly at the beginning of the second 45, however, as Chievo got themselves into the lead four minutes after the restart. Birsa surged down the right before looking to set Roberto Inglese up. The young striker instead chose to return the favour, leaving Birsa to neatly finish past Samir Handanovic.

A raft of changes saw Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic and Rodrigo Palacio all come on, but the Nerazzurri couldn't find the equaliser despite coming close on a number of occasions.

Birsa sealed a Gialloblu victory in the 79th minute with a fine finish from outside the area that left Handanovic helpless.

The Nerazzurri thus begin Serie A 2016/17 on a poor note and will have to get immediately back to work in order to put things right ahead of Palermo's visit to San Siro on Sunday 28 August.

Chievo 2-0 Inter (HT 0-0)
Scorers:
Birsa 49, 79.

CHIEVO: 70 Sorrentino; 29 Cacciatore, 3 Dainelli, 12 Cesar, 18 Gobbi; 19 Castro (4 Rigoni, 61), 8 Radovanovic, 56 Hetemaj; 23 Birsa (27 Parigini, 85); 45 Inglese, 69 Meggiorini (31 Pellissier, 76).
Subs not used: 90 Seculin, 32 Bressan, 2 Spolli, 5 Gamberini, 20 Sardo, 21 Frey, 27 Parigini, 36 Costa, 95 Jallow, 97 De Paoli.
Coach: Rolando Maran.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 13 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 17 Medel, 7 Kondogbia; 87 Candreva (44 Perisic, 60), 19 Banega (77 Brozovic, 70), 23 Eder (8 Palacio, 75); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 5 Melo, 10 Jovetic, 11 Biabiany, 18 Erkin, 21 Santon, 27 Gnoukouri, 94 Yao.
Coach: Frank de Boer.

Yellow cards: D'Ambrosio 29, Meggiorini 73, Medel 78, Radovanovic 78, Brozovic 79, Kondogbia 87.

Added time: 1+4 minutes.

Referee: Massimiliano Irrati.
Assistants: Lorenzo Manganelli, Valerio Pegorin.
Fourth official: Omar Gava.

 

starting lineups

Sorrentino 701 Handanovic
Cacciatore 2933 D'Ambrosio
Dainelli 325 Miranda
Cesar 1213 Ranocchia
Gobbi 1855 Nagatomo
Castro 1917 Medel
Radovanovic 87 Kondogbia
Hetemaj 5687 Candreva
Birsa 2319 Banega
Inglese 4523 Eder
Meggiorini 699 Icardi

substitutes

Bressan 3230 Carrizo
Seculin 9046 Berni
Spolli 25 Melo
Rigoni 48 Palacio
Gamberini 510 Jovetic
Sardo 2011 Biabiany
Frey 2118 Erkin
Parigini 2721 Santon
Pellissier 3127 Gnoukouri
Costa 3644 Perisic
Jallow 9577 Brozovic
De Paoli 9794 Yao

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